September 12th, 2012
08:29 PM ET
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Ryan sharpens Obama foreign policy attack in Ohio

Owensville, Ohio (CNN) - In the second of his two campaign appearances Wednesday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sharpened his critique of President Obama’s handling of the unfolding crises in Egypt and Libya.

“The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt, and mixed signals to the world,” Ryan told an outdoor crowd in Owensville, Ohio, in the heart of deep red Clermont County. “I want to be clear; it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties, and to defend our values. That’s what leadership is all about.”

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Ryan, reading off notes, said the administration’s policies “project weakness abroad” and segued to a broader offensive against Obama’s foreign policy record.

“Undercutting allies like Israel, outreach to enemies like Iran, national security leaks and devastating defense cuts,” he said. “A weak America breeds insecurity and chaos around the world. The best guarantee of peace is American strength. And peace through strength will be the Romney/Ryan foreign policy of this country.”

Those were tougher words than the ones he delivered in Green Bay earlier in the day, when he referenced the president indirectly.

“It’s important that a president speak with a singular voice representing our principles and our values. We don't want people around the world wondering what our values are,” he said in Wisconsin.

Ryan’s GOP ticket mate, presidential nominee Mitt Romney, harshly criticized the president for not taking a harder line against the mobs that attacked the diplomatic missions in Cairo and Benghazi. In Libya, the violence left four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens dead.

Other Republicans have been reluctant to embrace Romney’s line of attack – and some in the party have even chided Romney for using such heated language against the commander-in-chief in a moment of crisis.

But Ryan’s tough talk Wednesday is yet another sign that the campaign is not backing down from its blunt message.

Ryan was speaking on an outdoor stage surrounded by American flags and nearly 3,000 supporters who showed up to see Romney’s running mate campaign in southwest Ohio – and catch a free concert by country singer John Michael Montgomery.

That’s more than double the number of people who came to see Romney campaign in northeast Ohio on Monday.

Ryan was introduced by the state’s Republican governor, John Kasich, who touted the state’s job gains since 2009 and exclaimed: “Ohio is rocking!”

Kasich also had some words of praise for the political spouses who came to the rally-the wives of Kasich, Ryan and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. He extolled their domestic skills.

“You know, Jane Portman, Karen Kasich, and Janna Ryan, they operate an awful lot of the time in the shadows,” he said. “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Libya • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Paul Ryan
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. eavesdrop

    How low can the GOP stoop?
    Well how long is a piece of String...............

    September 13, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  2. Steven Ak

    Romney is WRONG. He lied. He did it on purpose. He joined the fringe of the far right. The Palin-Terry Jones universe of craziness. He did it despite the death of an ambassador. He did it despite repeatedly screwing up on foreign policies facts.


    September 13, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. skyler

    They're breathing their own fumes and becoming increasingly delirious.

    September 13, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  4. Laural Roberts

    The R/R ticket is an abomination! In times of crises, you should be standing behind OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR COUNTRY. In AMERICA we UNITE in crises NOT DIVIDE because when we are DIVIDED WE FALL AND FAIL. There is only one president at a time and you, Romney will NEVER, NEVER be one of them!!! Personally if it were up to me, I'd have the lot of you tried and hung for treason!!

    September 13, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Ryan, you are completely devoid of logic, well Hitler would probably completely agree with you.

    September 13, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. ll

    Paul Ryan is nothing more than a former bullied hall monitor with a selfish grudge on his shoulder.

    He is not even fit for municipal government tasks, and should be cleared out of DC.

    September 13, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  7. linda

    With all the problems facing this country, including the new developments in the middle east, these two Ryan and Romney need to tone down their hate and lies and using these events for their political advantage.....they only know how to spout off everything that is wrong and not give any real solutions to any of our problems......they won't give any details because they either don't have any or the solutions they plan on implementing are solutions they know we the American people will not stand for so they keep what they are going to do if elected to themselves.........I don't trust either one of them........

    September 13, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  8. Jeannie

    I am laughing out loud right now at lying ryan. He knows nothing about foreign affair and neither does his wanna-be boss. He other republicans have distanced themselvers from. He was so quick in getting out a statement, true or not, he blundered terrible. See where his desparation has gotten him. Watching him criticise the president for an apology that never happened, all the while stammering and pausing like the ill advised fool that he is, was both hilarious and painful to watch.

    September 13, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. stateschool

    It would seem that Romney and Ryan have been watching a bit too much Fox Entertainment News lately. The vast majority of Libyans and Egyptians are speaking out against these attacks, and many are protesting the attacks – not America. Obama sent destroyers and drones to Libya, and the Egyptian military pushed back the rioters. Both of these governments are supportive of the U.S., and Romney and Ryan seem to want Obama to damage those relationships by going after the wrong people. Four. More. Years.

    September 13, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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